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Opportunities for Graduate Students

Ohio University offers many professional development opportunities. Click on the following tabs to explore all options. If interested, download PDF of Spring 2020 workshops.

For questions, contact the Graduate College by emailing graduate@ohio.edu or by calling 740.593.2800.

Ohio University Orientations

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  • The GSO Online Module is mandatory for all incoming graduate students. To see instructions and/or to access the link, see the following Graduate College GSO Online Module web page.
  • Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is scheduled once a year. For more information, click Graduate Student Orientation.
  • International Student Orientation occurs before each term. For more information, click International Student Orientation.
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation is an annual event scheduled the Tuesday before the fall term begins. For more information, click Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation.
  • Program/Department/College Orientation - Please consult with your program/department/college about upcoming orientation activities.

Preparing for the Academic Job Market Track

Ohio University Campus in the Spring
Topic Date/Time/ Location

Teaching Philosophy Statement Part 1
If you're ​applying for a teaching-​focused academic job, you will almost certainly be asked to provide a Teaching Philosophy Statement (TPS). Utilizing an interactive format, this workshop will provide a brief introduction to the TPS and its importance for graduate students and postdocs who teach and/or are planning careers in academia after graduation. We will discuss the various uses of a TPS and strategies for composing one will be examined.

Note
This is Part 1 of two sessions; attendance of Part 2 on Feb. 6th  or 7this not required for registration for this workshop.

Outcomes
A start to a personal TPS and clear criteria for evaluating effective statements.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, January 30

1 - 2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Teaching Philosophy Statement Part 1
(Repeat Session)

If you're ​applying for a teaching-​focused academic job, you will almost certainly be asked to provide a Teaching Philosophy Statement (TPS). Utilizing an interactive format, this workshop will provide a brief introduction to the TPS and its importance for graduate students and postdocs who teach and/or are planning careers in academia after graduation. We will discuss the various uses of a TPS and strategies for composing one will be examined.

Note
This is Part 1 of two sessions; attendance of Part 2 on Feb. 6th  or 7this not required for registration for this workshop.

Outcomes
A start to a personal TPS and clear criteria for evaluating effective statements.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Friday, January 31

1 - 2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Teaching Philosophy Statement Part 2
This session will be an open, in-depth discussion to help individuals further refine their Teaching Philosophy Statement (TPS). Participants will critique sample TPSs and those of other workshop participants while revising and developing their own.  

Note
This is Part 2 of two sessions—While attendance of Part 1 (Jan. 30thor 31st) is recommended but not required, Part 2 participants are expected to bring a draft of their teaching philosophy statement.

Outcomes
Participants will leave the workshop with feedback on their statement, guidelines to self-assess their own writing and tools for revising their teaching statements after the workshop ends.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, February 6

1 - 2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Teaching Philosophy Statement Part 2
(Repeat Session)

This session will be an open, in-depth discussion to help individuals further refine their Teaching Philosophy Statement (TPS). Participants will critique sample TPSs and those of other workshop participants while revising and developing their own.  

Note
This is Part 2 of two sessions—While attendance of Part 1 (Jan. 30thor 31st) is recommended but not required, Part 2 participants are expected to bring a draft of their teaching philosophy statement.

Outcomes
Participants will leave the workshop with feedback on their statement, guidelines to self-assess their own writing and tools for revising their teaching statements after the workshop ends.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Friday, February 7

1 - 2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Teaching Portfolio Part 1
This workshop is an introduction to teaching portfolios including a description of the materials that comprise one and the systematic steps taken to create an effective and professional teaching portfolio. Methods for analyzing and presenting evidence in the portfolio will be discussed, along with their importance in hiring, retention, and promotion.  Students nearing the end of graduate school and preparing to apply for academic positions may find this workshop especially helpful.

Note
This is Part 1 of two sessions; Part 2 on March 19th or 20this not required for registration for this meeting.

Outcomes
Participants will leave with an understanding of how their teaching artifacts that comprise the teaching portfolio connect with the teaching philosophy statement.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, March 5

1 - 2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Teaching Portfolio Part 1
(Repeat Session)

This workshop is an introduction to teaching portfolios including a description of the materials that comprise one and the systematic steps taken to create an effective and professional teaching portfolio. Methods for analyzing and presenting evidence in the portfolio will be discussed, along with their importance in hiring, retention, and promotion.  Students nearing the end of graduate school and preparing to apply for academic positions may find this workshop especially helpful.

Note
This is Part 1 of two sessions; Part 2 on March 19th or 20this not required for registration for this meeting.

Outcomes
Participants will leave with an understanding of how their teaching artifacts that comprise the teaching portfolio connect with the teaching philosophy statement.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Friday, March 6

1 - 2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Teaching Portfolio Part 2
In this session, we will look at how one builds a case or argument in their teaching portfolio. Specifically, methods of analyzing and presenting supporting evidence that comprises the portfolio with the teaching philosophy and/or responsibilities statement and the narrative it creates with the other portfolio artifacts will be discussed. If time allows, organizing the portfolio documents and assembling them into written or electronic form will be reviewed.

Note
This is Part 2 of two sessions; attendance of Part 1 on March 5th or 6this required for registration for this meeting, as is a teaching philosophy and/or responsibilities statement.

Outcomes
Participants will finish the session with at least an outline of their own teaching portfolio along with tools for developing their teaching portfolio for target audiences.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, March 19

1 - 2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Teaching Portfolio Part 2
(Repeat Session)

In this session, we will look at how one builds a case or argument in their teaching portfolio. Specifically, methods of analyzing and presenting supporting evidence that comprises the portfolio with the teaching philosophy and/or responsibilities statement and the narrative it creates with the other portfolio artifacts will be discussed. If time allows, organizing the portfolio documents and assembling them into written or electronic form will be reviewed.

Note
This is Part 2 of two sessions; attendance of Part 1 on March 5th or 6this required for registration for this meeting, as is a teaching philosophy and/or responsibilities statement.

Outcomes
Participants will finish the session with at least an outline of their own teaching portfolio along with tools for developing their teaching portfolio for target audiences.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Friday, March 20

1 - 2:30 PM

RTEC 203

American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiations

This salary negotiation workshop presents the wage gap, with a discussion of the gender wage gap and how to combat it by improving one's salary negotiation skills. Salary negotiation is analyzed through budgeting, salary benchmarking, and negotiation tips and tactics.

Registration is free but required. 

Sponsored by Women's Center, the Graduate College, and the CLDC.

Thursday, March 19
4-6 PM
Baker Center 239 

 

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Thursday, April 23
11 AM - 1 PM
Baker Center 230

TA Tuesdays
Teaching Assistants (TA) Track

Ohio University - Campus in the Winter
Topic
Date/Time Location

Self-Care for Graduate Students
Feeling stressed because of that final paper or exam? Can't remember the last time you did something for you? For graduate students, the struggle is real. Share with other graduate students facing the same challenges. Learn and practice important strategies to re-energize.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Tuesday, February 11

1:30 - 3 PM

RTEC 314

Grading & Assessment: Effective Feedback to Help Students Learn
This workshop is designed to introduce and demonstrate various techniques for effectively and efficiently assessing student work. Key elements in planning assessments, the benefits/challenges of using student work in assessment will be explored, along with processes that they can be modified for immediate use in their classes will be covered.

Outcomes
Takeaways include a variety of simple yet effective assessment techniques that can be implemented in various teaching and learning scenarios.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Tuesday, February 18

1:30 - 3 PM

RTEC 314

Basics of Backward Design
Backward design is a process that instructors can use to design learning experiences and instructional techniques to achieve specific learning goals. Backward design begins with the outcome(s) of a unit or course - what students are expected to learn and be able to do - and then proceeds "backward" to create lessons that achieve those desired outcomes.

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Tuesday, February 25

1:30 - 3 PM

Baker Center 366

Classroom Management - Virtual Reality Scenarios
Come explore challenging classroom scenarios and discuss the best strategies for effective classroom management with other graduate students. 

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Tuesday, March 31

1:30 - 3 PM

Baker Center 366

TA Resources

Are you a Teaching Assistant? Here are additional resources to assist you in this role. 

Assisting Disruptive or Distressed Students 
(Download Guide as a PDF)
Graduate Appointments, Employment, and Benefits
Assisting Students Challenged by Basic Needs (Link COMING SOON)
(Download Guide as a PDF)
Professional Development Resources for TAs
Assisting Students Who Report Sexual Misconduct
(Download Guide as a PDF)
Syllabus Recommendations
Assisting Students Who Report Suicidality 
(Download Guide as a PDF)
TA Handbook (2019 PDF)

Resources for Teaching Online

 

Communication Track

Cutler Hall in the winter
Topic Date Time/Location

Professional Development Planning Focus Group (Repeat Session)
Help the Graduate College identify what professional development workshops would be most effective for those holding Teaching Assistantships. This focus group session will assist our development of useful workshops for the next academic year. 

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Tuesday,
February 4

1:30 - 3 PM

RTEC 203

2020 Ohio University
Three Minute Thesis
(3MT) Competition
 

To Register (or for more information)
Visit this Graduate College web page

Semi-Finals

  • Monday, February 10
  • Wednesday, February 12

Finals

  • Wednesday, February 19

7 PM

Stocker 103

Professional Development Planning Focus Group (Repeat Session)
Help the Graduate College identify what professional development workshops would be most effective for those holding Teaching Assistantships. This focus group session will assist our development of useful workshops for the next academic year. 

To Register
Email millerb3@ohio.edu.

Tuesday,
March 3

1:30 - 3 PM

RTEC 203

Cutler Hall, the President's office

Other Ohio University Workshops

Thesis and Dissertation Services (TAD) Workshops

Thesis and Dissertation Services offers the following workshops to assist students in preparing and filing theses and dissertations.

Topic

Date

Time

Location

Graduation

  • February 4 OR
  • February 5

3:30 – 4:30 pm

RTEC 217

Microsoft Word

  • February 19 OR
  • February 25

3 – 4:30 pm

RTEC 217

Tables/Figures

  • February 20 OR
  • February 26

3:30– 4:30 pm

RTEC 217

For more information, see the Thesis and Dissertation Services Workshops website.


Women in Graduate School Day Conference | February 14 & 15

This conference is ideal for those currently enrolled in graduate school, have an interest in attending graduate school, or who are looking for professional development opportunities. Throughout the day, co-occurring presentations and workshops will cover topics as far-ranging as bystander intervention, bias in job markets, inclusive pedagogy, leveraging your network, and personal and professional branding. A detailed schedule of events is available on the Women’s Center’s website: https://www.ohio.edu/womenscenter/women-grad-school-conference(opens in a new window)

Registration is required and includes light refreshments and a boxed lunch.


Ohio University Libraries Research Workshop Series

The Ohio University Libraries offers a variety of research workshops to assist graduate students in the development of their research skills. These skills range from how to conduct research and capture your references to designing a research poster and publishing your graduate work. These skills are necessary for any level of research including a thesis or dissertation.

Upcoming workshops include:


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Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students (Online Training)

This online training is offered through a partnership between the Graduate College and the Campus Involvement Center. Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students includes Title IX and Clery Act training which equips graduate students with the tools needed to navigate new and complex relationships including how to identify and respond to harassment from a faculty member or advisor, other workplace-based harassment, how to respectfully engage with undergraduate students, and how to respond to student disclosures.
Target Audience: All graduate and professional students
Structure: This training is offered in a two-part format. Part one takes approximately 45 minutes. Part two includes a survey and requires 5-10 minutes (ideally after a 30-day intersession).
Requirements for training completion: You will need a computer with access to the internet and audio capabilities. You will use your entire OHIO ID (e.g., ab000000@ohio.edu).  and password to create your account.

To Access: Click the Graduate College Sexual Misconduct Resources for Graduate Students web page.

Upcoming Webinars

Ohio University Campus in the Spring

Offered by Beyond the Professoriate

Managing Stress & Mental Health In Academia - Jan 17th, 2020 | 12 p.m. ET | Free to Attend | Free Replay (advance registration required) 
A recent survey of graduate student mental health published in Nature revealed that nearly 40% of graduate students experience moderate to severe depression. In this webinar, panelists will discuss the challenges they faced during their academic careers, and strategies they developed to manage stress, anxiety, and depression as they earned their PhDs. Join L. Maren Wood (Co-Founder of Beyond the Professoriate), Kathryn R. Wedemeyer-Strombel, PhD and Michael Lemieux, PhD for this important panel discussion. 

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HSyQsQD6QXyEaRBDtLo7qA

Networking and Why Every PhD Should Do It - Jan 23rd, 2020 | 12 p.m. ET | Free to Attend | Free Replay (advance registration required) 
Join Beyond the Professoriate co-founder L. Maren Wood, PhD for this 30 min webinar to learn how to effectively network for job search and career success. After attending this webinar, you will be able to recognize the importance of networking as part of a job search strategy; apply effective informational interview etiquette; develop strategies to navigate the uncomfortableness of networking. 

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dHBFmWKWRkCEBTu9oqYLng

How to Get Hired: Advice to PhDs from Hiring Managers - Jan 31st, 2020 | 12 p.m. ET Free to Attend | Free Replay (advance registration required) 
What do hiring managers look for in new employees? How can graduate students and PhDs communicate their value to potential employers and land a great post-PhD job? In this webinar, two PhDs — Josh Magsam, PhD (English, University of Oregon) and Melanie Nelson PhD (biochemistry, Scripps Research) — demystify the hiring process. After attending this webinar, you’ll be able to recognize the perspective of hiring managers; identify common mistakes job candidates make; and apply strategies for pitching yourself to employers. 

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AEEY71lkRjeEQE8NWPitPg

PhD Careers in UX Research - February 14th, 2020 | 12 p.m. ET Free to Attend | Free Replay (advance registration required) 
UX Research is a growing career field where PhDs from humanities, social sciences, and STEM backgrounds have found and launched successful careers. In this webinar, Ali Colleen Neff, PhD (Senior UX Researcher, New Relic) and Timothy Price, PhD (Principal UX Researcher, WellSky) will talk about how they launched their careers in UX research. After attending the webinar, you’ll be able to define User Experience (UX) Research; determine if this is a career path of interest; and recognize the skills required to pursue a career in UX Research.

Register herehttps://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8TfqCXafS-q0YU_-Ah4Fig

What every PhD should know about using LinkedIn - February 20th, 2020 | 12 p.m. ET | Free Replay (advance registration required) 
Join Beyond the Professoriate co-founder L. Maren Wood, PhD for this 30 min webinar to learn how (and why!) every graduate student and PhD should be on LinkedIn! After attending this webinar, you will be able to recognize why LinkedIn is critical to a non-academic job search; develop a LinkedIn profile that communicates your value to potential employers; confidently engage with other professionals on the platform. 

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mmAYyn0uQOOfAt28ny_qsQ

Using myIDP to Plan and Launch Your Post-PhD career - February 26, 2020 | 12 p.m. ET | Free Replay (advance registration required) 
MyIDP is a free tool designed to empower graduate students and postdocs in STEM to explore career options and leverage their training. In this special webinar, co-creator of MyIDP, Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD (Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development, UMass Medical School) will teach you how to use this interactive tool to explore, plan, and prepare for your career during graduate school and your postdoc so that you can be prepared for your post-PhD career. 

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ed7-ciceRl6XDUhq1odyjQ

How to Navigate Academic Hiring - February 28, 2020 | 12 p.m. ET | Free Replay (advance registration required) 
Are you on the academic job market or planning to apply for jobs soon? In this webinar, Loleen Berdahl, PhD (Professor and Head, Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan) will give you insight into what hiring committees expect of applicants and how you can confidently navigate the hiring process. After attending the webinar you’ll be able to identify hiring committee expectations; perform effective research to prepare for interviews; determine what is important to you during negotiations; and create a strategy to set yourself apart from other candidates. 

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_of_Xg9ahTXiN4zYRdUAiDQ